It was fascinating to realize that the show Going Going Gone being played out on stage at the Hudson Theatre in Hollywood was centered in the press box of a major league baseball stadium in Los Angeles, was written by Emmy award winning writer and baseball announcer Ken Levine and was being performed literally within hours of the final broadcast of baseball legend Vin Scully. That folks is an amazing and powerful convergence and in the end it produced one hilarious and fascinating show.
Happily writer Ken Levine stripped away all pretense of political correctness and presented a very believable story of four divergent members of the baseball press corps on one historic day in their respective lives. The banter back and forth is heavily laced with jibs and jabs that emerge as a steady stream of hilarity. But beneath the surface there is also a bubbling sea of drama that does ultimately spill forth. It develops into one hugely transformative day for each of the four people involved. In one case it becomes a final day of mortality.
It is a highly entertaining ninety minutes of superbly written and exquisitely presented theatre. All four of the actors are proven professionals. Annie Abrams [Shana Sanders] has many theatre and TV credits as well as standup comedy performances. David Babich [Dennis Minishian] has been steadily engaged in his acting career since 1997. Troy Metcalf has TV credits on ABC, NBC, CBS and TV Land as well as numerous stage credits. Dennis Pearson [Mason Young] has worked with Academy Award winner Tim Robbins and received a scholarship to study at Stella Adler in New York City. Coming together they present a show you don’t want to miss, just be prepared to be fully entertained.
Going Going Gone runs now through November 6th at the Hudson Guild Theatre, 6539 Santa Monica Boulevard, Los Angeles, California 90038. Show times are Friday and Saturday evenings at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 3:00 p.m. Reservations and ticketing available by calling 323-960-5521 or online Here.
Ron Irwin was born in Chicago, Illinois a long time ago. He served in the Marine Corps in Vietnam, became a trial lawyer, TV and radio host, CEO of a public company and once held an Emmy. He never won an Emmy he just held one. Ron has written and published twelve books. His most important book to date is “Live, Die, Live Again” in which Ron tells of his early life and his unexpected and very temporary death in 2012. That experience dramatically refocused his life and within the pages of that book Ron reveals how he achieved a much healthier life, ridding himself of Diabetes, Cancer and Heart Failure. Now Ron enjoys writing about many things including health topics, travel [he has circled the globe several times], adventure, culinary experiences and the world of performing art. Ron’s motto is “Live better, live longer and live stronger because it feels great and annoys others.” Contact the author.